Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 : Faster than 8 Gen1 & made by TSMC, not Samsung

Qualcomm has announced the latest flagship chip, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 chip. The new 8+ Gen1 is better version of 8 Gen 1 and announced by Qualcomm in an event called “Snapdragon Night”. Along with new 8+ Gen 1 Qualcomm also launched the new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip. With this chip, Qualcomm has moved […]

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Faster than 8 Gen1 & made by TSMC,

Qualcomm has announced the latest flagship chip, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 chip. The new 8+ Gen1 is better version of 8 Gen 1 and announced by Qualcomm in an event called “Snapdragon Night”. Along with new 8+ Gen 1 Qualcomm also launched the new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip.

With this chip, Qualcomm has moved the chip manufacturer from Samsung to TSMC. This has resulted in the new chip being better in CPU, GPU and more power efficient.

Quick Specs of Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and comparison with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

CPU
New item
Manufacture Process
Memory<br>Controller
ISP/Camera
Encode/<br>Decode
Integrated Modem
Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
CPU
1x Cortex-X2 @ 3.2GHz

3x Cortex-A710 @ 2.8GHz

4x Cortex-A510 @ 2.0GHz

6MB sL3
New item
Adreno
(10% Higher Clockspeed)
Manufacture Process
TSMC 4nm
Memory<br>Controller
4x 16-bit CH
@ 3200MHz LPDDR5 / 51.2GB/s
4MB system level cache
ISP/Camera
Triple 18-bit Spectra ISP

1x 200MP or 108MP with ZSL
or
64+36MP with ZSL
or
3x 36MP with ZSL

8K HDR video & 64MP burst capture
Encode/<br>Decode
8K30 / 4K120 10-bit H.265
Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
720p960 infinite recording
Integrated Modem
X65 integrated

(5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 10000 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
CPU
1x Cortex-X2 @ 3.0GHz

3x Cortex-A710 @ 2.5GHz

4x Cortex-A510 @ 1.8GHz

6MB sL3
New item
Adreno
Manufacture Process
Samsung 4nm
Memory<br>Controller
4x 16-bit CH
@ 3200MHz LPDDR5 / 51.2GB/s
4MB system-level cache
ISP/Camera
Triple 18-bit Spectra ISP

1x 200MP or 108MP with ZSL
or
64+36MP with ZSL
or
3x 36MP with ZSL

8K HDR video & 64MP burst capture
Encode/<br>Decode
8K30 / 4K120 10-bit H.265
Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
720p960 infinite recording
Integrated Modem
X65 integrated

(5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 10000 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps

Things here are a bit different from usual. Qualcomm with launch of the new 8+ Gen1 chip has changed their chip manufacturer. The chip is made by TSMC and not Samsung. Normally, when the Qualcomm launched the Plus version of their chip, they launch with the same chipmaker who has made the base version of the chip.

In this case, of launching 8+ chip, Qualcomm took different route even though 8 Gen had good market demand. The reason is mainly due to 8 Gen 1 which was made by Samsung Semiconductor having a bit poor power efficient and Yield also has been poor. Samsung has been facing the same issue with their own Exynos 2022 chip as well.

Samsung seems to be trying to correct things with their recent launch of Exynos 1280. But Samsung needs a lot more than this to make their Semiconductor manufacturing at par with TSMC.

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, on the other hand, has much improved performance in CPU and GPU being while at the same time being more power efficient. Qualcomm has boosted the frequency of both the CPU and GPU.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Improved CPU and GPU performance

On CPU front, all the cores have more frequency. The main Cortex-X2 core is now having 7% higher frequency, clocked at 3.2GHz, and meanwhile the mid-core A710 and little-core A510 have their clock speeds even more significantly increases, by around 12% each. They are now at 2.8 GHz and 2.0 GHz respectively.

The GPU has seen its frequency dialed up. The Adreno GPU block in new 8+ Gen 1 has 10% more clock speed than it’s predecessor.

The result of increase in frequency has resulted in better real world performance of Qualcomm 8+ Gen1 processor. The new chip according to Qualcomm performs 10% better in CPU performance and GPU performance.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Improved power efficiency

The use of TSMC 4 nm manufacturing process has also resulted in better power efficiency. According to Qualcomm the 8+ Gen 1 chip has 30% better power efficiency in both CPU and GPU.

Although, the real-world comparison remained to be seen, the information shared by Qualcomm seems to be encouraging.

Availability of 8+ Gen 1 chip and Mobile Phone Brands launching with 8+ Gen 1 chip

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 will be available on mobile devices from around Q3 of this year 2022.

The chip is adopted by leading mobile phone brands including ASUS ROG, Black Shark, HONOR, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, OSOM, realme, RedMagic, Redmi, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE.

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